This week was one of our scheduled "tree study" days, the week of the month when our weekly nature study group does a slightly more formal observation-and-drawing session together. This month our focus was bark.
It was a very simple session planned by my friend: we started with a grid-drawing exercise, and then set up grids on the six trees themselves. Everyone took their journals around to each tree to sketch the square of bark exposed into squares on their page.
Drawing the bark from those little boxes rather than from the whole tree made it much more focused and successful an observation. The kids mentioned several times how--apart from the always-conspicuous sycamore bark--they had never noticed the great differences in color and texture.
|Cate's completed grid|
And then, of course, the kids got distracted by fort building, cottony insect egg saks, horse chestnuts falling from the uppermost branches, and coots calling!